Help Me Pay Fiction Writers Professionally

Ninja Writer Membership Drive


I just got home from Nashville, where I was at a very small and focused writing conference. I spent the whole weekend thinking about what I want for Ninja Writers.

One thing I want, all the way down to my toes, is to be able to pay some fantastic writers at a decent rate for contributing to our brand spanking new quarterly zine, The NW.

There are basically four pay categories for short fiction.

  1. Non-paying.
  2. Token paying (less than 1 cent per word)
  3. Semi-pro (1–4 cents per word)
  4. Professional (5 cents or more per word)

The first issue of The NW (our Zine) is coming out in April and here’s the deal: I really, really, REALLY want to be able to pay the authors who contribute at a professional rate. They are professional, and they deserve it.

That means paying each one a minimum of $25. (Each story is no more than 500 word long.)

To do that, I need 250 Patreon subscribers. Right now we’re at 187. We can close that gap, right? For every patron, $1 goes into the pot to pay the writers.

(I’m just going to throw this out there: if we can get to 1000 patrons, I can pay those writers $100 and THAT is my pie in the sky goal.)

So . . . a membership drive is in order. Remember those for your elementary school PTA? (Am I dating myself here?)

To become a patron, click here and choose your level of support.

I have a couple of rewards that I’m going to give everyone who is a patron on April 1.

1. You’ll be matched up with an accountability partner . . . regardless of level. This is usually only offered to patrons at the $10 level and above!

2. You’ll get an advance copy of my new novel WASTED as soon as it becomes available. (In April.)

3. If you become a patron at the $10 level or above, I’ll give you an email address!

4. There will be a thank you page (or two!) in the zine AND in my novel WASTED with every single patron’s name. I would love to include yours!

The only way to actually get a copy of The NW is to become a patron. Every patron, even at the $1 level, gets the digital zine. (Also, I send EVERYONE a little love bomb in the mail with a mini-zine and a Ninja Writer Membership Card.)

The March reward for the $3 level of support was a copy of The Writing Planner, which is a $20 value. Anyone supporting Ninja Writers at the $3 level also get the January reward (The Plotting Workshop eBook) and the February reward (31 Days of Being a Ninja Writer.)

At the $5 (if you live in the US) or $6 (if you don’t) level you get a hard copy of the zine.

At the $10 level, you get all of that, plus you get to be part of The 1000 Day MFA. I can’t even tell you how exciting that group has been over the last month. If you’re ready to take your writing to the next level, this is definitely the place you want to be.

And at the $25 level you get all of that, plus access to the A Novel Idea course for as long as you stay a patron. A Novel Idea is a year-long program that will take you through every step of writing your novel.

Here’s the link to check out all of the rewards at every level of support.

There are a lot of reasons why supporting your writing community is important. It lets me keep producing content for you (and for everyone) and it keeps the lights on. It lets the world know that Ninja Writers is important enough for members to put their support behind. And, human nature being what it is, putting a little skin in the game has powerful psychological benefits when it comes to productivity and actually putting your butt in a chair and your words on the page.

If we can get to $1500 of support by April 1, I’ll be able to put two additional stories into the zine and pay those writers at the rate set by the number of patrons on April 10. If we can get to $2000, I’ll be able to publish and pay four additional writers.

I’m so humbled by and grateful for the support and love that I feel just pouring in from every Ninja every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you want to become a patron and claim your rewards, just click here. It would be AWESOME if you’d share that link with other writers.

Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She lives in Reno with her husband, three superstar kids, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes, is the author of Viral Nation and Rebel Nation, and is the original Ninja Writer.